In the previous four posts, we discussed the roles that feelings play, and they are the reason that therapists in a left brain world so often emphasize them as distinct from cognitions and rationality. Feelings can be powerful guides to right action. They often provide critical information in helping to understand what is needed to find resolution to a dilemma. But feelings so often go unheeded. By amplifying this often muted voice—i.e., feelings—client and Counsellor can learn together—what did you see, what did you come to know, what action needs to be taken. In this sense, the process of therapy is often the process of coming to know and accept that part of the self that we would sometimes rather leave papered over.
This is what client-led healing looks like. It naturally reduces pain and anxiety and fatigue, because those are often the natural consequences of living in a left brain world. It prevents future harm by tuning into our natural instincts for survival, which help us to recognize the difference between danger/safety. And it creates a feeling of integration with ourselves and with our loved ones, because that is the natural feeling we get when our left and right brains are allowed to be in connection.